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Question: 576-2811
I have violets all over my lawn. My mom and our neighbor also have them. Is there any way to get rid of them? John, Taylorville, IL

Mort's Answer:
You could learn to love them. For a temporary fix, you can squirt vinegar directly on them on a very hot day. Be careful, it will kill any grass on contact. You will need to put new soil and annual rye in the holes immediately. Put down limestone this fall and hydrated lime in the spring to change the pH. Unfortunately, you may never truly get rid of your legacy from your mom. New seed will always be a threat to your lawn, especially if in the shade. Removing the source of the shade is an option that you may not want to use.

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Question: 952-2313
What can I use to get rid of my violets in the lawn? Rose, Newington, CT

Mort's Answer:
Putting hydrated lime down in early spring or limestone in late fall will help raise the pH. This will help in the long run. There must be shade nearby that is helping grow this violation of your lawn. You could learn to love them like some folks have. An immediate solution would be sour milk or vinegar or other target sprays. Be sure to top dress with new seed once the violators have gone. The best weed control is a good tight lawn.

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Question: 74-5201
I put in a new lawn. Nothing but weeds came up. Should I strip it down? Alec, Mystic, CT

Mort's Answer:
If you do not have 8 inches of loam, forget about growing a lawn and put in a rock garden with pockets of soil for the plants. If a grass root is stifled, the crown will suffer disease. Crabgrass spreads like crazy in hot dry weather. Rather than trying to kill the weeds, I would turn the entire would be lawn over. Cut the entire area as low as possible and rake out the clippings. Rent a heavy duty tiller and turn it in. Plant a new lawn with the necessary depth of soil. I would use 30% perennial rye, 25% blue grass, 15% fescue and 30% winter rye. Next spring and summer keep top dressing with approximately the same proportional formula mix without the rye The best weed control is a good tight lawn. Fertilize this fall with a 8-6-4 formula.

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Question: 1285-3115
We have a weed in our lawn that is persistent. It has white petaled flowers with yellow centers. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Robert, Bellville, Ontario

Mort's Answer:
Wild strawberry survives as an annual by seeding itself. It will dry out in the fall when it will be easer to remove. You can use a small clam rake this summer after a prolonged dry spell. Like the Fragaria species that it resembles, Chenpodium capitatum throws out runners. This makes it difficult to remove but you must be more diligent in your pursuit. You will need to apply grass seed in the holes vacated by the extraction of this weed. If you learn to love them like some folks do with wild violets, your life will be less tried.

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Question: 383-3410
We purchased a home last fall. The lawn has a concave ridge along the walk and front curb that collects water . It appears to be too wet. The contractor used fescue grass seed. Any suggestions? Tom, Evansville, IN

Mort's Answer:
That it the prescribed pattern used in the Xeriscape principles for water conservation. I would wait a year to see, if it works. Fescue is a tough grass. If the grass will not grow properly, you can dig a trench that is 18 inches deep and place patio block tiles or brick at the bottom. This will draw the water away from the young roots and prevent rotting. This will take care of the root of your problem.

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Question: 79-5201
We have a zoysia lawn. When is the best time to fertilize? Mark, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
Zoysia grass is a warm weather grass. Blue, perennial rye and fescue grasses are cool. In the early fall and late spring, zoyzia will appear brown in the north. It stays lush and green in the heat of summer, when the cool grasses go dormant and turn brown. Zoysia is not a heavy feeder and fertilizing once a year will suffice. I would use a 5-10-10 in the fall or a 20-10-5 in the spring. You do not need both.

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